Scout Sunday, Scout Shabbat and National Scout Week

Scout Sunday is scheduled for February 3, 2013. Scouts are encouraged to wear their Field Uniforms (Class A) to the service of their choice this Sunday.

Scout Shabbat is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2013. Scouts are also encouraged to wear their Field Uniforms (Class A) to the service of their choice.

National Scout week is scheduled from February 3, 2013 through February 9, 2013 and is the anniversary week of the Boy Scouts of America.

Scout Week offers our units a prime opportunity to take Scouting out to the people and really focus the spotlight of public awareness on the great things we’re doing in their community.

Units are strongly encouraged to organize an activity to celebrate Scouting’s anniversary in a dignified and visible way. Many units worship together, perform a service project in a public area, or prepare static displays in store windows. Any act to show the presence and good work of our organization ensures that Scouting is perceived as a vital influence in our communities. Together, we can demonstrate the strength of Scouting and promote public awareness of the benefits Scouting brings to the individual, community, and nation.

Potential Scout Week Activity Ideas:

Conduct a service project for a chartered organization as a way of thanking them for their support of Scouting.

Hold a special flag-raising ceremony at a high-profile location in the community, or make a special presentation to the local school board, mayor, or city council.

Invite chartered organizations, supporters, police, fire and rescue personnel, and government officials to participate.

Have dens create birthday cards or handicraft items to display in store windows, school trophy cases, etc.

Make public appearances at worship services, service club programs, chartered organization events, city council meetings, etc.

Conduct unit family events such as blue and gold banquets, courts of honor, parents’ nights, alumni recognitions, etc.

Plant a tree in honor of the anniversary.

Use this opportunity for packs and troops to work together. This will also provide Webelos Scouts with an opportunity to work with the troop they will be moving into.


Troop 4 Spaghetti Fundraiser on February 9

Troop 4 is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on February 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 9th Street and Central Avenue West.  The cost for the dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.  The troop will also be sponsoring a bake sale.

For more information, contact Kristine Bohl at

Troop 1 Open House this Sunday

Troop 1 flyer

This Sunday, January 27th Troop 1 is holding an Open House from 6:30-8:00pm. Attached to this post is the PDF with address and contact info.

If you are in a Cub Scout Pack please pass this along to all of the families in your Pack, especially the Webelos. Webelos have a requirement to visit Troops in order to earn their Arrow of Light, and this would fulfill that requirement. Although it fulfills a Webelos requirement, it isn’t limited to Webelos. All Scouts of all ages are invited!

State Capital Legislature Trip

Cascade County Commissioner Joe Briggs is once again coordinating a Boy Scout trip to the Legislature at the State Capital in Helena. The trip is scheduled for Monday February 18, 2013, (President’s Day). Troops will need to meet in the Rotunda of the Capital (2nd Floor) no later than 8:00 a.m. The day’s events will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m. Troops will need to plan for a sack lunch as time will be tight and the schedule needs to remain flexible. Additionally, parking is limited near the Capital, so those leaving the grounds for lunch may have difficulty finding parking when they return.

Scheduling is still underway. Thus far we have confirmed meetings with the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and the Lt. Governor. The boy scouts will also get a tour of the Capital and will attend committee hearings and floor sessions of the House and Senate.

We have been doing this for 10 years and it has always been a great day for the scouts and their leaders as well. Please confirm your attendance with Commissioner Briggs,, as soon as possible to get an accurate head count of the number of troops, boy scouts and leaders who will be attending so final arrangements can be made.


Urgent Request for Merit Badge Counselor’s

Fellow Scouters:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are in desperate need of two merit badge counselors, Citizenship in the Community and Citizenship in the Nation, for Saturday January 26, 2013, for the final day of the Lewis and Clark District Merit Badge Pow-Wow. 

Each Counselor will teach four one hour sessions, beginning at 0800 and ending around noon. The Pow-Wow is being held at the LDS Church in Valley View, 1401 9th Street NW, Great Falls, MT (Church near Valley View Garden Mini-Golf)

These are important Eagle requirement merit badge’s with over 50 Scouts registered for each class.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping out, please contact Merit Badge Pow-Wow Chairman, Lonnie Adkins, ASAP at (618) 363-4003 or email for details.

Thanks in advance.

Bill Rutten
District Chairman
Lewis and Clark District

Minutes of the January District Meeting

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
January 8, 2013

  1. Roundtables 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    A.  Boy Scout – Merit Badge Counselor Recruiting/Youth Retention
    B.  Cub Scout – Bullying Prevention
    2.  The meeting was opened at 7:35pm, OA led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
    3.  The minutes of the December meeting were approved
    4.  Welcome, introductions and recognitions – There were three leaders in attendance that were new to the district meeting, plus members of the council board.  Bill had everyone in the room introduce themselves.  Everyone welcomed the leaders from 1047, 1155, and 1151.  Bill also introduced Gordon Rubard (Scout Executive) and Art Simms (Council FOS chair).
    5.  FOS Presentation – Gordon Rubard, Scout Executive – Gordon ran through the power point and answered questions from everyone about FOS.  The new council FOS was also shown for the first time to the district.
    6.  Old/New Business
    A. Upcoming Events – At this point, Unit Recharters are overdue.  Please make it a top priority to complete if you haven’t yet done so; Merit Badge Pow Wow is Saturdays 1/12 and 1/26.  Flag ceremony is a 7:30am and classes are done at noon.  It was pointed out the there as address error on the form about MB pow-wow.  The LDS church is at 1401 9th ST NW; Klondike is 1/18-1/20.  Forrest went over the details and assured everyone that the parking will better this year for the Klondike.  We also should have use of the bathrooms at camp, so Porta-potties may not be necessary.; Scout Sunday; Scout Shabbat; Pinewood Derby – Paris Gibson Education Center is not available for Derby Days.  We are looking for another venue; Scouting for Food – we are still looking for someone to volunteer to be the coordinator for Food Drive.
    B.  Upcoming Training – Winter Survival (Pow Wow) – Wade will be conducting a winter weather camping training course for anyone interested.  The training will take place at the MB pow-wow while the boys are in classes; Leader Specific – Info will be coming out very soon; Wood Badge – there are still lots of openings for adult leaders to take Wodbadge.  If you are interested, please review the Montana Council website or call Kyle at 868-5648.
    7.  Committee Reports
    A.  Camping Committee – everyone is looking forward to a fun Klondike Derby!
    B.  Training Committee – see training listed above under upcoming training
    C.  Programs Committee – Merit Badge Pow Wow – Lonnie would like all Troops attending to bring their Troop flag.  He is going to line them all up on the stage.  All boys attending need to bring their own MB worksheets.  MB worksheets can be found here:; Pinewood Derby – Jeff would also like every unit to bring their flag to the Pinewood Derby.  We are looking for a new location for this year.  Also a reminder that all split hull boats will race int he catamaran category. ; Scouting for Food – still looking for a coordinator for Deb to teach.; Cub Day Camp – the theme this year will be “Weird Science”.  Still looking for a Program Director.  Boy Scouts can help if they are 14 or a First Class Scout.
    D.  OA – Dues were due December 31st.  $10 dues can be paid at the Scout Office.  When paying dues, please ask for Michelle.
    E.  Other Committee Reports – Eagle Board – 1 final and 2 preliminary approvals last month.
    8.  District Executive Report – Kyle thanked everyone for a great year and great results.
    9.  District Commissioner Report – Commissioner mtg will held on 1/10 at 7pm in the basement of the Scout Office.
    10. District Chair Report – Keith Hasbrouck has started a new Venture Crew.  He is planning on visiting Troops to discuss Venturing when they are done with Boy Scouts.
    11. Other Business – We will be holding Venturing training 1/29.  Prerequisites to take the Venturing training are Youth Protection and Venturing Fast Start.  The new Venture Crew, Crew 8, will be holding an open house on 1/28 at the Moose Lodge in Black Eagle at 6:30pm.  There was a an excellent suggestion to look into adding Merit Badge books to the Great Falls Public Library.  We also drew door prizes for the attendees.  Some of the prizes included a compass, emergency kit, and binoculars.
    12. Adjournment. Next Meeting February 5, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

There was great attendance at the meeting.  36 people were present!

Unit Service Hour Reporting

In order to accurately capture the amount of service hour’s units in the Lewis and Clark District are performing, it is imperative that unit’s log their service hours in the “Service Hours Reporting” module in the website.

Once logged into the website, click on the Service Hours Reporting tab under Unit Tools. If the unit has not previously registered, click on the New Users Click Here tab.

To register, a unit will need their Unit ID number. If you use the “Internet Advancement” module, the Unit ID number is the same. If not, then you will need to acquire the number from Lindsey Schreiner at the Montana Council Boy Scout Office or from Lewis and Clark District Executive Kyle Roberts. Both can be reached at 406 761-6000. The rest of the registration process is self-explanatory including the use of drop down menus.

Once logged in, click on the second bullet “Would you like to report a Service Project?” Next you will click on the category that best describes your service project. Lastly, you will record the service project per the instructions and click Submit Report.

It is respectfully requested that a volunteer from each unit be assigned to this very important task. Any questions may be directed to me at  Thank you again for all you do for the youth of the Lewis and Clark District in North Central Montana.

Bill Rutten
District Chairman
Lewis and Clark District